Simply Fun: Make Your Own Time Capsule — A Date Night Idea.

There’s been a lot of talk about time capsules in the news lately. The recent opening of two in Boston (from 1795 and 1901) and one in New York (from 1914) got my attention. (If you’re interested, check out this article.) I’ve always been a sucker for history, and opening a time capsule to reveal the treasures inside sounds like fun.

A time capsule! Why not make our own? It could be a fun date night.

Date Night: Time Capsule

The thought intrigued me. So checking around on the internet, I found quite a few ideas (especially on Pinterest–my favorite go-to spot for all things creative).

Time capsules can be used for any occasion and scheduled to be opened at any future date. Just look at these suggestions

•  Celebrate the passing of another year (New Year’s to New Year’s)
•  Celebrate another year of marriage (Anniversary to Anniversary)
•  Celebrate a significant passage of time (5 years, 10 years, 25 years, 100 years)
•  Celebrate a lifetime (each year open and add something significant for that year)
•  To mark a significant date or event in history.

Truly, the possibilities are endless.

Three weeks have already passed since the start of the new year, but I like the idea of opening a time capsule on New Year’s Eve from the previous New Year’s. (Maybe a new tradition?) So for our date, that’s what David and I put together.

Since we decided on a one-year opening, we chose to include things that represented us at the end of 2014 and what we hope to accomplish in 2015. Here’s what we included:

Time Capsule 2015

•  Bucket list – activities and events we would like to do this year
•  Letters to each other
•  Letters to our future selves
•  One Word – FOCUS – graphic (see this post)
•  A Year without Sweets graphic (see this post)
•  Our daughter and future son-in-law’s “Save the Date” card (getting married in May)
•  A Time Capsule Kit for 2016 (for a free printable, see below)
•  List of significant events of 2014
•  List of typical week’s activities
•  List of things we learned in 2014
•  List of favorites
•  A package of chocolate chip cookies (to break the sweets fast)
•  Our Christmas 2014 family photo
•  Pocket calendar for 2014
•  A golf ball found on one of our walks
•  Panera coffee cup holder (from our Saturday mornings)
•  Gas receipt showing price of gas ($1.749! Bet it won’t be that next year!)
•  Favorite photos from 2014
•  A photo of ourselves on the night we sealed the capsule – same pose each year

Time Capsule Photo Jan 2015

Since we’re waiting only till the end of this year to open our time capsule, we chose an empty oatmeal container for our capsule. (No need to make it watertight or non-corrosive.) I made a festive label to place on the outside, with instructions not to open until December 31st. (If you decide to do a time capsule for 2015, feel free to use this label. Just click on the image, right-click and hit “print.”)

2015 Time Capsule

We secured it with some twine and “buried” it in the back of our closet.


And (hopefully) when New Year’s Eve rolls around, we’ll remember to pull it out, open it up, and celebrate the year that’s passed and get ready for the one ahead (using the Time Capsule Kit for 2016).

I hope this idea becomes a tradition. What a great way to celebrate each year!

What do you think? Does a time capsule sound like something you’d like to do as a couple–or maybe with the whole family? If so, here are a few tips to get you started…

How to Make a Time Capsule

1.  Decide what you want to accomplish with your time capsule…

•  Celebrate the passing of another year? – New Year’s to New Year’s
•  Celebrate another year of marriage? – Anniversary to Anniversary
•  Celebrate a significant passage of time–5 years, 10 years, 25 years, 100 years?
•  Celebrate a lifetime? – Each year open and add something significant for that year

2.  Choose the items to put inside.

3.  Decide what kind of container to put in.

4.  Choose a location to bury it.

5.  Put it all together, label it with date to open, seal it, and bury it.

6.  Try not to touch it until the open date. (But don’t forget about it, either.)

For more detailed information and other ideas, check out these articles:

How to Make a Time Capsule to Bury by WorkatHomeMums (via
This article even includes a link to a society that will register your time capsule so it won’t be forgotten!

Man Crafts: Time Capsule by mikeasaurus (via

Time Capsule Anniversary Gift via

Our Love is Timeless via
This is an elaborate anniversary idea (with printables) that includes a time capsule.

If you would like to print out our free Time Capsule Kit,
click here.

Do you have any other ideas for what to include in a time capsule? If so, please share them with us.

And if you decide to make your own, we’d love to hear what you come up with.

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you spend some time just simply having fun…together!

Grace and peace to you,

Photo by Guiliamar via pixabay (CC0), cropped, text added.


About Sabra Penley

A simple wife and mom. Dedicated to the Lord. Cherishes her husband and kids. Delights in encouraging others and sharing the beautiful truths of God.